What financial support is available to employers?
The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-24 year olds supports businesses that would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme.
Apprenticeships bring considerable value to organisations, employers, individuals and the economy. Businesses across the country are now increasingly realising the enormous benefits that Apprenticeships create, not only in terms of a highly skilled workforce but also by boosting productivity and staff retention.
Research shows they are an optimal way of training, developing and skilling people for the future, helping businesses secure a supply of people with the skills and qualities they need and which were often not available on the external job market.
Apprenticeships are designed for people who know what they want to do and can't wait to get into the work place. They allow people to gain real skills whilst working and being paid a wage.
The training is very much a partnership between the College, student and the employer, with technical certificates studied at college, and the assessment of practical skills taking place in the workplace.
Bishop Burton College offer Apprenticeships in the following subject areas:
- Animal Care
- Business Administration
- Customer Service
- Food & Drink Manufacture
- Game Keeping
- Health & Social Care
- Land-Based Service Engineering
- 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
- Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training.
- 88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
- 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
- The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £3.50 per hour, rising to £3.70 on 1 April 2018. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx £170 per week.
- There are over 85,000 employers offering Apprenticeships in more than 130,000 locations; there are over 200 frameworks suitable for hundreds of job roles.
- 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
- One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.
Apprenticeships can be started at any time of the year, and can take between one and four years to complete.
Apprentices work towards a Level Two or Three Work-Based Diploma and generally do not have to meet any academic entry requirements, whilst those taking an advanced apprenticeship will have either completed an apprenticeship or leave school with three good GCSE passes at grades A-C.